Borders, chopsticks and adaptation


Azmyl Yunor

People eat at a food court in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysians of all races have this week posted on social media images of themselves eating with chopsticks, following divisive comments by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 17, 2021.

BORDERS are fascinating. What are borders but arbitrary lines drawn by human beings to demarcate what is collectively “us” versus “them” – whomever that may be.

One particularly memorable border crossing experience I had was back in 2000 at the start of the new millennium (remember the Y2K scare? What a brilliant marketing move by tech companies).


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